Are you planning on buying your first new snowmobile this winter? If so, you'll want to make your decision carefully. After all, new snowmobiles can be quite expensive. With that said, here's a handful of buying tips to help you get started:
Choose a Class
The first thing that you should know is that snowmobiles are traditionally divided up into several different classes based on their performance and intended use. Examples of snowmobile classes include mountain, crossover, touring, trail and entry level. Of course each class of snowmobile has its advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, you'll want to become familiar with each one.
My first sled was classified as a trail snowmobile. It was a no-frills, lightweight sled that was designed to tackle rough trails and reach fairly high speeds. I used it to ride mountain, woodland and pipeline trails located near my home. It had difficulty ascending steep inclines but other than that, it was ideal for me.
Choose a Make
Next, you'll need to settle on a make and a model. My family tends to prefer Arctic Cat, Yamaha, Polaris and Ski-Doo. Over the years, we've had the best luck with those brands, There are, however, other snowmobile manufacturers that you may choose from.
If you are unsure of what snowmobile make to select, I'd suggest that you consider researching the brand's product history. One way to do that is to log onto the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website and the Consumer Reports' website to check for snowmobile recalls and reviews. Doing so can give you a good idea of the company's track record on quality and safety issues.
Once you've selected a class, make and model, you'll want to do additional research. I'd suggest investigating the snowmobile's wholesale price and potential resale value as well as any manufacturer's snow check programs that may still be on offer.
Just in case you are not familiar with snow check programs, they are traditionally offered by snowmobile manufacturers in the early spring to spur pre-season sales. In my experience, being familiar with the programs is a great way to find the best deals. However, if the snow check programs have already expired for the year, don't despair. You can still try and negotiate a deal with the retailer.
Speaking of retailers, I'd suggest that you research them as well. I'd recommend comparing prices and checking to see if they have a history of providing reputable service.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys in winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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